Bu Num Civilisation Wheel


Bu Num Civilisation Wheel appropriates aesthetic representations of an archaeological dig. Whilst at Cass Sculpture Foundation, Tu developed five excavation sites, each about five square meters in size and one meter deep. Within these sites, ‘cultural relics’ have been unearthed, whilst others remain buried deep underground. In contrast to the usual discoveries at excavation sites the discovered ‘cultural relics’ at CASS are in fact Tu Wei Cheng’s sculptures. Upon close inspection of this work items such as USB drives, computer hardware, speakers, mobile phones, floppy disks, remote controls and even Internet cable slots and motherboards are discernible. Once viewers discover these disguised forms of contemporary objects, they realise the absurdist humour behind the entire archaeological site. Tu Wei Cheng holds workshops in archaeological discovery at these excavation sites, which he combines with related fake press coverage of these ‘discoveries’.


About The Artist

Tu Wei Cheng’s practice attempts to reflect on the hybridised cultural forms of the current age of globalization by creating a deconstructed time-space to provide an even more ambiguous reality and a re-imagined history. Tu Wei Cheng's installations explore museum culture and optical illusions. He often re-builds replicas of historical illusionary machines such as peepholes, camera obscuras, projectors and movie-viewers. Although Tu Wei-Cheng implements these old fashioned techniques what the viewer apprehends is resoundedly contemporary. His work conflates time periods to create anachronistic installations where past, present and future ideologies are mixed to create a parallel world whereby we can reflect and consider our own.

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Tu Wei-Cheng

Born: 1969

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